Course Description and Learning Objectives
If you are a currently certified or licensed mental health, social work, or educational professional, this course will prepare you to add equine-assisted activities as a service you can offer to clients. Plus, up to 54 Continuing Education (CE) credits are available for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs.
However, it’s not required that you are certified or licensed to successfully complete this training.
About Equus Coach Training:
The bond between humans and horses dates back thousands of years. Horses are highly intuitive animals, keenly aware of the slightest energetic or emotional shift. Unlike most adults, who have been socially trained to relate to life through stories, judgments, or an inner dialogue, horses live in the present moment and reflect the environment around them. Therefore, they consistently mirror back the thoughts and behavioral patterns that humans present.
Horses are large and powerful and can seem intimidating to humans. This creates a natural opportunity to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside a horse provides an opportunity to see communication and behavioral patterns, uncover limiting beliefs, shift those in the present moment, and practice new skills. Clients learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.
Sensory-based, multi-modal, experiential approaches that include active participation by clients are key complementary modalities to therapy that is done in the office. Attendees who complete this training will leave with a deeper understanding of the value of equine-assisted activities, the resources available locally, and ways to collaborate with equine facilitators to increase supportive, experiential activities for their clients.
As a result of completing the Equus Coach Training, attendees will be able to:
- Apply experiential methodology to enhance existing services offered to clients outside of the office
- Discover ways to blend current knowledge and skills with the feedback from horses to significantly impact client progress
- Examine which clients will likely benefit from the addition of experiential-based modalities
- Develop a sound foundation of equine psychology and horsemanship skills, which will enable the practitioner to safely add equine services to their work
- Explore avenues for setting up a partnership with local equine facilities to offer Equus Coaching sessions
- Skillfully utilize evidence-based, experiential techniques that will assist clients in transforming the way they treat themselves and create authentic, healthy, open-hearted relationships with others